Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:20

Wednesday 16 July 2014 in London

Malevich

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are…

ART: Malevich | Tate Modern | 16 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
The Tate Modern pays its respects to radical Russian painter Kazimir Malevich, who changed the game in the late 1800s/early 1900s with his stark experiments in the ‘suprematist’ style. Bringing in his early landscape canvases, the show follows Malevich’s leap into abstract depictions of war, power and revolution. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Jack Dee’s Helpdesk | Soho Theatre Downstairs | 16-18 Jul
In a dilemma and need it fixed? Ahead of a short run at next month’s Edinburgh Fringe, ‘Lead Balloon’ grinch Jack D is back on the SOS helpline at the Soho Theatre, and in a rare fit of kindliness will be dishing 100% sincere (and in no way disdainful) career, relationship and general life-advice to anyone asking for it. And when I say ‘asking for it’, I mean exactly that. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Holes | Arcola Theatre | 16 Jul – 9 Aug
An award-winning TV writer for ‘Fresh Meat’ and ‘Cowards’, Tom Basden scripts this quick-sharp comic play about a group of four survivors of a plane crash, stranded and waiting to be saved. Amongst the cast are ‘The Wrong Mans’ actor Mathew Baynton and BAFTA-winner Daniel Rigby. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 10th, 2014 13:10

Sunday 13 July 2014 in London

Virginia Woolf

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART/PHOTOGRAPHY: Virginia Woolf – Art, Life & Vision | National Portrait Gallery | 10 Jul – 26 Oct (pictured)
Still a real lark (and a plunge!) following its launch last Thursday, this thorough showing-off of portraiture and rare artefacts from late author Virginia Woolf’s early, mid and latter life is curated by art historian Frances Spalding. Amongst the highlights are paintings of Woolf by her sister Vanessa Bell and various other Bloomsbury Group contemporaries, photos taken by Man Ray, candid family images, and a sheaf of letters, diaries and manuscripts. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: An Audience With Pieter Dirk Uys | Soho Theatre | 13 Jul
Paying spectators dictate the state of play at South African satirist and activist Pieter-Dirk Uys’ Sunday Soho show, choosing one of fifteen boxes Uys has on stage, each containing different set of stories and characters from SA’s dark political history. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Confession Room | St James’ Theatre | 13 Jul
A funny Brit supermusical starring ‘Les Miserables’ player Jon Robyns, ‘The Confession Room’ closely follows a group of guys and girls playing a game of ‘truth or truth’, and spilling their most embarrassing secrets. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday July 3rd, 2014 14:32

Thursday 10 July 2014 in London

Brutal

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Martin Firrell – It Ends Here | The Vaults | 1- 12 Jul (pictured)
Much-lauded public artist Martin Firrell digs into ‘Planet Of The Apes’s “particular corner of pop culture” to make ‘It Ends Here’, a maze of pitch-black underground spaces rumbling with ‘found sound’ and towered over by giant words, each meant to provoke thought on war, peace and the human condition. Entry is free, and visitors are given torches to find and map the meaning of the hidden texts. Details here.

MUSIC: Austra + Blue Hawaii | Oval Space | 10 Jul
Estrella Galicia is pleased to present clean Canadian vibes via silky synthpop band Austra and, flying in from Montreal, ethereal ‘Try To Be’ hitmakers Blue Hawaii. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: In Lambeth | Southwark Playhouse | 10 Jul – 2 Aug
Jack Shepherd’s slightly surreal ‘In Lambeth’, a mix of myth and history which imagines a meeting between Enlightened activist Thomas Paine and William Blake and his wife Catherine, is set against the tense tableau of the French and American revolutions of the late 1700s, the play has Paine fleeing to the Blakes, who for a time lived on Hercules Road in Lambeth, only to find them naked, sitting in a tree reading ‘Paradise Lost’, and speaking with angels. Details and tickets here.

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Sunday June 29th, 2014 10:22

Sunday 6 July 2014 in London

Descent Funnies

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: London Illustration Fair Summer Festival | Hoxton Arches | – 6 Jul
Flying a Tropicana theme this year, with all the timely Brazilian vibes that entails, the London Illustration Fair’s summertime art gala showcases the best in print, design and ‘illo’ from a range of agencies, collectives and independent creatives. Alongside all the exhibitor stands, there’ll be live mural painting and screen printing, a ‘Print Your Own Ice-Cream Monster’ workshop with Hello Print Studio, and Brazilian BBQ. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Descent Funnies w/ Tamar Broadbent + WitTank | Southwark Playhouse | 6 Jul (pictured)
Our favourite Friday night diner, MC-with-the-most Tom Rosenthal, dishes a dollop of Edinburgh-Fringe-first-glimpse goodness, presenting five previews from Tamar Broadbent, Ian Smith, Rosie Holt, Ivo Graham and WitTank. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Rise Of The Idiots w/ Eric Lampaert + Sofie Hagen + Matthew Highton | The Balham Exhibit | 6 Jul
Flipping the ‘Rise Of The Idiots’ script for a ‘Comedians’ Cinema Club’ plot twist; goofy surrealist Eric Lampaert, Danish card Sofie Hagen and self-styled ‘weirdo’ comic Matthew Highton act a live and improvised recreation of Tarantino’s ‘Pulp Fiction’. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday June 28th, 2014 09:55

Saturday 5 July 2014 in London

Dance Transmissions

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: ARGComFest | The Garage | 5-6 Jul
The Garage will be spilling over with practically every comedian going over the weekend, presenting competitively-priced Fringe previews by Andrew Maxwell, Josh Widdicombe, Adam Riches, Nish Kumar, Casual Violence and improv pros Cariad (Lloyd) and Paul (Foxcroft) – and that’s only today. On tomorrow; it’s James Acaster, Josie Long, John Kearns, Simon Munnery aaaaaaaand the one and in fact only Bridget Christie. Details and tickets here.

FILM/ART: Dance Transmissions: Selected by Vivian Ziherl + Q&A | ICA | 5 Jul (pictured)
For the penultimate day of the 2014 Artists Film Biennial, curator Vivian Ziherl has chosen this programme of shorts dealing in the ways in which dance-type motifs translate to the moving image. The event’s twin centre-pieces are the London premiere screenings of two new works from Shahryar Nashat, who’ll stick around for a Q&A, and Karthik Pandian and Andros Zins-Browne. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Alcopopalooza w/ Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly | Brixton Windmill | 5 Jul
Rock corps Alcopop! Records throws its annual mid-year party, laying on a BBQ and live vibes c/o alt superman Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Johnny Foreigner offshoot Yr Poetry, Brawlers, Emperor Yes, Uncle Luc and a very secret, very special billing (hint: it’s LEN). Details and ticket (tee)s here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 16:00

Saturday 14 June 2014 in London

CHloe Howl

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: The Saturday Night Show w/ Bridget Christie + Joe Lycett + Phil Wang | The Invisible Dot | 14 Jun
Taking the biggest bite of The Invisible Dot’s Saturday showcase tonight is the peerless Bridget Christie, who’s still on a high following her big-selling, big-winning ‘A Bic For Her’. Bridget’s co-performers, relaxed comic technician Joe Lycett and the biggest Wang in stand-up, Phil (Wang) will still get a look in, mind. Details and tickets here. Details and tickets here.

FESTIVAL: The Big Noise Fest | Bussey Building | 14 Jun
The Big Issue Foundation’s annual Big Noise blowout fills the Bussey Building to its brim with a multi-coloured line-up of live music, spoken word, comedy, theatre and art, all, of course, for charity. With co-headliners Perc, Dillinja, The Correspondents and Channel One Soundsystem (and beatboxing ace Shlomo, turntablist Mr Switch and Slovenian DJ Nightwave) taking care of the sonic side of things, this year’s event features additional attractions in the shape of comic hot rods Richard Herring and Chris Martin, award-winning poet Inua Ellams, and even Booty School Dropout, who’ll teach a seminar in ‘twerking’. Oh lord. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/FESTIVAL: Bushstock Festival | Various Locations, Shepherd’s Bush | 14 Jun (pictured)
The W12 district’s yearly Bushstock festival, which is spread liberally over several sites in Shepherd’s Bush, sets a bit of the city’s West side alight via live showings over 30 bands all told, from the likes of pop siren Chloe Howl, to chiselled singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh, rad folk trio Peggy Sue, splishy-splashy NYC dance clique Rubblebucket and young indie foursome Bad Suns. Details and tickets here.

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Friday June 6th, 2014 12:00

Friday 13 June 2014 in London

Meltdown

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

FESTIVAL: James Lavelle’s Meltdown | Southbank Centre | 13-22 Jun (pictured)
And so kicks off another too-hot edition of film and music combo Meltdown, which this year is curated by Mo Wax label boss and UNKLE man James Lavelle. High points of this year’s event? Try live sets by Queens Of The Stone Age’s Joshua Homme, Neneh Cherry, DJ Shadow, Edwyn Collins and Chrissie Hynde; plus Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner’s large-scale classical composition ’41 Strings’, Max Richter and the Royal Philharmonic live-scoring ‘Waltz With Bashir’, and an also live soundtrack to Jonathan Glazer’s acclaimed alien horror ‘Under The Skin’ by its creator Micachu. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Return Of The Rudeboy | Somerset House | 1 Jun – 25 Aug
A select rack of images, installations and set pieces arranged by photog/filmmaker most-wanted Dean Chalkley and style director Harris Elliot, ‘Return Of The Rudeboy’ shows that the sartorial subculture of the Jamaica-originating ‘Rudie’ or ‘Rudeboy’ is still alive and thriving in the present day. Over 60 sharply-clad individuals have had their pictures taken for the show, each choosing an apt playlist to sit alongside their photo. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Adler & Gibb | Royal Court Theatre | 13 Jun – 5 Jul
Based on the lives of Janet Adler and Margaret Gibb, two conceptual artists working in NYC in the 1990s, this new play marries its writer/director, creator of 2009′s divisive and provocative ‘The Author’ Tim Crouch’s ‘fascination with form’ with a ‘thrilling story of misappropriation’. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday June 5th, 2014 16:00

Thursday 12 June 2014 in London

In Cahoots

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: In Cahoots’ Hootenanny | The Miller | 12 Jun
5*-rated sketch schemers In Cahoots, aka Paul G Raymond and Luke Manning, conspire to host this pay-nothing night of japes c/o spivvy twosome Bob & Jim, skit-making quartet Dead Pony Society, surreal three-piece So On & So Forth. Details here.

VISUAL ART: Bob Mazzer - Underground | Howard Griffin Gallery | 12 Jun – 13 Jul
In the 1980s, whilst working as a cinema projectionist, Bob Mazzer took to photographing ‘human tableaux’ (aka passengers) on the train during his daily tube commute. “Coming home late at night”, explains Mazzer on the eve of his first exhibition, “it was like a party and I felt like the tube was mine and I was there to take the pictures”. Details here.

THEATRE: Red Forest | Young Vic | 12 Jun – 5 Jul
The highly-regarded Belarus Free Theatre write real-life stories and video clips from all over the world into this sprawling modern folk tale of human hardship, the live-scored story of a woman seeking shelter for her newborn little girl. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday June 4th, 2014 13:47

Tuesday 10 June 2014 in London

ITMOI

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: British Folk Art | Tate Britain | 10 Jun – 31 Aug
The Tate celebrates Great (and small) British art of the folkloric kind, flipping back through the annals of history to give the nation back its first major showcase of in-land folk art. Amongst over 100 pots, paintings and paraphernalia on show till late-August are sculptures made out of mutton bones, a thatched and larger-than-life statue of King Alfred, a collection of votive ‘god in a bottle’ objects. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tom Rosenthal – БЛАГОДАРЯ | Soho Theatre | 10-14 Jun
Tom Rosenthal, aka the gawky one off of ‘Plebs’ and ‘Friday Night Dinner’ (which incidentally is back on TV in a few weeks), chooses a trip he once took to Bulgaria as the topic of tonight’s show. “Let him tell you about it whilst you drink”, states the reassuringly vague ‘БЛАГОДАРЯ’ billing. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Akram Khan Company – ITMOI | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 10-14 Jun (pictured)
No, don’t worry, ‘ITMOI’ isn’t like ‘YOLO’ or anything, it’s only an acronym for ‘In The Mind Of Igor’, master choreographer Akram Khan’s ‘Rite Of Spring’-inspired show. Featuring a specially-commissioned new score by Jocelyn Pool, Nitin Sawhney and Ben Frost, it’s based on the way in which Stravinsky dynamised and changed the classical norm, taking that blueprint and twisting it into wild new shapes. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday June 3rd, 2014 13:27

Monday 9 June 2014 in London

Lysistrata

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Summer Exhibition 2014 | Royal Academy Of Arts | 9 Jun – 17 Aug
So this is it, the big one. The RAA’s massive mid-year showcase of art (and in fact the world’s largest and most accessible to anyone at all) in which creatives from all stratas of the art world are can apply display work, which is then chosen for the final exhibition by leaders in the field. Whilst this year’s centrepiece is a black-and-white space curated by Cornelia Parker, that’s the mere tip of the aesthetic iceberg. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Alex Horne – Monsieur Butterfly | BAC | 9-10 Jun
Alex Horne, a man doomed for stardom, shows up to shop his new Edinburgh Fringe show-to-be, modelling himself on Puccini’s ill-destined heroine. ‘Stupidly ambitious, logistically problematic, and potentially disastrous’ (boasts its poster), ‘Monsieur Butterfly’ finds Horne flapping his wings, and causing all kinds of chaos. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Fourth Monkey’s Greek Season | Trinity Buoy Wharf | 9-21 Jun (pictured)
Following in the bow waves of Fourth Monkey’s Kafka-inspired ‘Project Colony’ (which we interviewed them on last year), the theatre co’s latest exploit consists of a pair of ancient plays by Greek master Euripides. Playing in rep on alternate nights, the graphic ‘Lysistrata’ finds its female characters trying to end a war by denying their men sex, and Athenian tragedy ‘Rhesus’, which follows the night Odysseus and Diomedes‘ steal into the Trojan camp. Details and tickets here.

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Monday May 26th, 2014 13:37

Sunday 1 June 2014 in London

Mark Cooper-Jones

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Mark Cooper-Jones – Geography Teacher | Hen & Chickens Theatre | 1 Jun – 7 Jul
Swimming solo for the duration of tonight’s show, smart and silly WitTank tadpole Mark Cooper-Jones, a real-life part-time ‘Geography Teacher’, workshops a (presumably) updated take on his back-to-school Edinburgh Fringe hit of 2012. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Japanese Clarinet | The Space | 1 Jun
Like Japan? And the music that’s native to it? Love woodwind too? If so, this recital (which features the East London Clarinet Choir playing a programme of scores by Chang-Su Koh, Satoshi Yagisawa, Akira Toda, Masamicz Amano, Chieko Arai, and in contrast, some Japan-inspired homages by Brit composers like Jeffery Wilson), is just the £10 ticket to fit your requirements. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/ART: LCMF – Italian Colourism | Peckham Multi Storey Car Park | 1 Jun
Now in its third year and still flourishing, the multi-disciplinary London Contemporary Music Festival, or LCMF for short, closes with one last show shining a light on Italian masters Domenico Scarlatti, Salvatore Sciarrino, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, showcasing late composer Scarlatti’s famed keyboard sonatas, the premiere of Sciarrino’s seventh and ninth string quartets, and ‘Ten Less One’, Michelangelo Pistoletto’s mirror-themed live performance piece, which finds him taking a hammer to some glass. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday May 22nd, 2014 15:54

Wednesday 28 May 2014 in London

MF Husain's 'Three Dynasties'

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: MF Husain – Master Of Modern Indian Painting | V&A | 28 May – 27 Jul (pictured) The V&A presents the very first display of ‘Indian Civilisation’, the final series of paintings by celebrated artist MF Husain, the ‘Picasso of India’, who worked on them till the days leading to his death in 2011. Each measuring twelve-by-six-feet, eight of the pieces are triptychs depicting Husain’s vision of his nation’s rich and vivid history, whilst the ninth is a single image of Hindu elephant god, Ganesha. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Deborah Frances White – Half A Can Of Worms | RADA Studio Theatre | 28 May Mining her real life events, candid comedienne Deborah Frances White’s poignantly autobiographical show finds her dealing with the search for her birth parents, she having been adopted as a baby. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Clarence Darrow | Old Vic | 28 May – 15 Jun Departing Old Vic AD Kevin Spacey is in-house (with his acting hat on, that is) for the first time since 2011, bowing out graciously from his job atop the theatre’s backstage board with a one-man turn as sharp-tongued 19th century civil rights lawyer Clarence Darrow. Having already played Clarence in 2009 play ‘Inherit The Wind’, and also in a TV movie, Space gets to grips with him again in David W Rintel’s script, which finds him looking back on his most famous cases. Details and tickets here.

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Wednesday May 14th, 2014 16:21

Tuesday 20 May 2014 in London

Meow Meow

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

ART: Kenneth Clark – Looking For Civilisation | Tate Britain | 20 May – 10 Aug
The Tate spotlights the life’s work of late art historian and broadcaster Kenneth Clark, showing off his private trove of paintings, and looking at the vital part he played in fostering great works from the Bloomsbury Group and leading artists like Henry MooreVictor PasmoreJohn Piper and Graham Sutherland. Details and tickets here.

CABARET/COMEDY: Meow Meow – Feline Intimate | London Wonderground | 20 May – 8 Jun (pictured)
Always a hot ticket, kamikaze showkitty Meow Meow is back on the scene, still blazing trails and singing, satirising, and wearing sequins like a dream. Details and tickets here.

DANCE: Rambert Dance Company – ABC | Sadler’s Wells Theatre | 20-24 May
Athletic dance crew Rambert represent the dance alphabet via: ‘Rooster’, Christopher Bruce’s epic 1960s setpiece, which is set to a score by the Rolling Stones; Lucinda Childs’ ultra-minimalist ‘Four Elements’; late ballet master Merce Cunningham’s iconic ‘Sounddance’; and Richard Alston’s short sharp solo work ‘Dutiful Ducks’. Details and tickets here.

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Tuesday May 13th, 2014 14:06

Monday 19 May 2014 in London

Tyondai Braxton

And the LDN-based events the ThisWeek team is tipping today are….

COMEDY: Crying Duck Comedy w/Liam Williams + Luke Capasso | Canal 125 | 19 May
Grinch-in-training Liam Williams headlines this faux-lachrymose Monday night showcase, leading a bill balancing acts like macho comic Luke Capasso, smart surrealist bod(d) Richard Todd and Scots humourist Iain Sterling. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Tyondai Braxton – HIVE | Oval Space | 19 May (pictured)
The one-time captain of weirdo pop-rock mathematicians Battles, Tyondai Braxton, transfers his rave-reviewed solo show – a ‘visual narrative’ pulling in light, rhythm and electronic/acoustic noise – to Oval Space. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: Symphony Of A Missing Room | Royal Academy Of Arts | 19 May – 8 Jun
‘Imagination takes over – and the intangible becomes real’, as daring youngblood company Lundahl & Seitl play around with illusory audiovisuals and bold sensory tricks. This show, which is a guided circuit of the RAA’s private spaces, plays at the top of this year’s LIFT festival of experimental theatre. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday April 26th, 2014 08:47

Friday 2 May 2014 in London

Kelela

Musical revivals, modern musical treats and some unmasked comics all appear in this batch of ThisWeek TODAY IN LONDON tips…

THEATRE: Pajama Game, Shaftesbury Theatre, 2 May – 13 Sep
Richard Eyre revives this perky, light-stepping 1954 musical, which features hits like ‘Hey There’, ‘Once-A-Year Day’, and ‘Steam Heat’, all swirled inside the story of factory girl (and social campaigner) Babe Williams’ blossoming romance with her swish and swoonsome Superintendent Sid Sorokin. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Elsewhere Festival, various locations, Hackney, 2-3 May
Party-planners Dollop bring a ladle-load of high-calibre acts – top talk-rap lad Mike Skinner, atypical R&B lady Kelela (pictured), slick and syrupy Canadian beatsmith Ryan Hemsworth, bass player Actress and minimalist dance DJ Floating Points - to this vari-sited two-day jaunt, which takes place all over the so-hot-right-now locale of Hackney. Details and tickets here.

VISUAL ART: Comics Unmasked – Art And Anarchy In The UK, British Library, 2 May – 19 Aug
This anti-nice day at the library – not really one to take the kids to – is the biggest conglom of graphic art in the history of the British comic book. Showcasing works by icons like ‘Sandman’ artist Neil Gaiman, ‘Watchmen’ scribe Alan Moore, and ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’ creator Grant Morrison, it traces the bold, violent and anarchic world of the comic strip, from 200 year-old cartoons of Jack The Ripper, to the highest-tech digital pix of the present day. Details and tickets here.

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Thursday April 24th, 2014 08:42

Wednesday 30 April 2014 in London

FREEZE!

Long-term TW favourites and one time Cowards Tim Key and Tom Basden get the picture slot today, sitting in the middle of this batch of ThisWeek TODAY IN LONDON tips…

COMEDY: Revan And Fennell, Leicester Square Theatre, 30 Apr
Reigning queens of 2013′s Funny Women Variety Award, sketch femmes Revan And Fennell are back with a present-day portfolio of sharp satirical skits, police hats, and silly voices. Details and tickets here.

COMEDY: Tim Key & Tom Basden – FREEZE!, Duchess Theatre, 30 Apr (pictured)
Tim Key and Tom Basden’s weird comic symbiosis isn’t something to be questioned; it simply is. Having spent a while as solo entities, “beautiful, chubby” Tim and “dishy” Tom are back, with an all-singing, all-speaking, all-yelling, all lager-drinking act as “divvy, dense, incisive and lovely” as it ever was, only this time it’s elevated to West End level. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC/ART: Dean Blunt – Urban, ICA, 30 Apr
Following an event headlined by the one and only Trevor Jackson, NTS Radio will throw another of its inter-disciplinary ‘Parallel Visions’ nights at the ICA, this time featuring international-man-of-Hype-Williams-mystery Dean Blunt. It’s billed as an ‘urban’ show, which could quite literally mean anything, or nothing. Details and tickets here.

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Saturday April 19th, 2014 10:19

Friday 25 April 2014 in London

NXDFFF

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature a fun night at the museum, a Big Red makeshift cinema, and a birthday party celebrating the first ever synths…

COMEDY: Fancy Meeting You Here – A Roving Comedy Tour, British Museum/Tate Modern, 25-26 Apr
On a valiant mission to make London’s cultural/historical landmarks more ‘fun’, NYC-based comics Carl Arnheiter and Dave Hill (plus guests like Josie Long, John Kand Maeve Higgins) will be giving guided tours around the British Museum (tonight) and the Tate Modern (tomorrow), pulling improv humour – and the odd bit of wisdom – from the most serious exhibits. Show up in the Brit Museum’s lobby at 7pm to join in. Details here.

FILM: New Cross & Deptford Free Film Festival, various locations, 25 Apr – 4 May (pictured)
Criss-crossing a host of galleries, eateries, shops, schools and pubs, 2014′s NXDFFF launches tonight at Deptford’s Big Red Pizzeria bus, and a look at ‘Supermen Of Malegaon’, Faiza Ahmad Khan’s heartfelt 2012 film. Over the next week the itinerary features big-screen and mainstream movies, kids’ favourites, classic and contemporary docs, and a pair of bike-powered playbacks of ‘Attack The Block’ and ‘Grease’ in local parks. Details here.

MUSIC: Booka Shade, Village Underground, 25 Apr
A facet of this year’s arts-meets-tech fest Convergence, tonight’s Noise Of Art-hosted showcase stars popular kraut-haus boys Booka Shade, and signals 100 years since Italian Futurist Luigi Russolo first trial-ran his prototype synthesisers at the world’s first official electro show. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 18th, 2014 05:22

Thursday 24 April 2014 in London

Papupsza

ThisWeek’s tipped events TODAY IN LONDON feature EDM’s ‘next big thing’ aka Jacques Greene, a ‘Select’ heap of rising graphic art stars, and a snapshot of Polish film…

ART: Pick Me Up, Somerset House, 24 Apr – 5 May
Britain’s original graphic arts fair – a maze of mini booths and spaces – showcases works from bargain grad illustration, to comic book, to big-name designs, and features on-site displays created especially for the event, informal talks and workshops. Details and tickets here.

FILM: Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, various locations, 24 Apr – 30 May (pictured)
As well as all the usual Q&As, new and classic films, live bands, animation, shorts and workshops, and a special series of events celebrating late cineaste Walerian Borowczyk, this year’s five-week Kinoteka fest reps the best in Polish art, music and cinema. It begins this evening with a gala screening of ‘Papusza’, Joanna Kos-Krauze’s black-and-white portrait of the first known Roma poetess, and a free-entry exhibition of posters by post-war graphic artist Henryk Tomaszewski. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: Jacques Greene + Koreless, St-John-At-Hackney Church, 24 Apr
Shapeshifting R&Beats man Jacques Greene primes his recently-released three track EP, ‘Phantom Vibrate’, with a hardware-heavy party at St-John-At-Hackney, co-habiting with hot Scots DJ Koreless on the bill. Details and tickets here.

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Friday April 11th, 2014 14:22

Thursday 17 April 2014 in London

Matisse Cut-Outs

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature scissors-and-paper shapes by the great Henri Matisse, Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, and a triad of tipped rock/alternative acts: PINS, Francis Lung, and Kagoule. And free pizza…

ART: Henri Matisse – The Cut Outs, Tate Modern, 17 Apr – 7 Sep (pictured)
The Tate M displays art giant Henri Matisse’s snip-and-paste series, which he began making in latter life once ill-health had prevented him from painting. This is the first time so large a number of his paper ‘gouaches découpées’, which include the famous ‘Blue Nudes’ and the large-scale ‘Snail’, have gone on show at the same time, in the same place. Details and tickets here.

FILM: The Bigger Picture, presents… Rust & Bone, East Dulwich Tavern, 17 Apr
Pop into the EDT tonight if you want to watch Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts having one whale of a Palme d’Or-nominated love affair, which first came out in 2012 c/o award-winning filmmaker Jacques Audiard. Details and tickets here.

MUSIC: The Lock Tavern Festival, Lock Tavern, 17-20 Apr
This year’s LT Fest, a string of free-entry parties featuring DJs, live bands, and pizza-based ambiance, begins this evening at 6pm with a line-up including Mancs rock ladies PINS, melancholic pop soloist Francis Lung and noisy teen trio Kagoule, with guest turntablists Semi-Deluxe and Richie Sanks, and Big Deal, Girl Band, Seekae, DEMS and Pablo Nouvelle buoying things up over the subsequent days. Free slices of pizza will be given on arrival to those RSVP-ing pre-the event via Billetto. Details here.

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Wednesday April 9th, 2014 18:30

Tuesday 15 April 2014 in London

The Silver Tassie

TODAY IN LONDON, ThisWeek’s tipped events feature an anti-war declaration by Irish playwright Sean O’Casey, one ‘Cool Rider’, and pop’s new intelligensia: These New Puritans…

MUSIC/ART: These New Puritans – Magnetic Field, The Vinyl Factory, 15-21 Apr
Alto-pop braniacs These New Puritans will display (and invite fans to interact with) their ‘Magnetic Resonator Piano’, a gadget that featured on the band’s 2013 LP ‘Field Of Reeds’, via this free-entry exhibition. TNP have also invited acts like East India Youth, Will Dutta, Halls, Gwilym Gold, Scanner and Charles Hayward to play live on site at the installation, working the MRP into their shows. Details here.

THEATRE: Cool Rider, Lyric Theatre, 15-19 Apr
Back in the saddle following the show’s short spin at the Lyric Theatre earlier this year, ‘Cool Rider’ is a deliberately sugary spread of Pink Ladies, sex ed sing-songs, and a motorcycle vigilante in black. Ashleigh Gray and Aaron Sidwell play dancin and romancin Rydell High kids Stephanie and Michael  in this wry take on 1982′s hammy ‘Grease’ sequel, ‘Grease 2′. Details and tickets here.

THEATRE: The Silver Tassie, National Theatre, 15 Apr – 3 Jul
National Theatre AD Howard Davies takes charge of this acrid and blackly-comic  anti-war diatribe by Irish dramatist Sean O’Casey. ‘The Silver Tassie’ stars Ronan Rafferty as a dashing young soldier crippled by the horrors and hardships of WW1. Details and tickets here.

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